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Philippine broadcast industry giant GMA Network received multiple honors for its value-laden programs and special projects at the 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards held last October 29 in Manila.


The big winners in the television category were GMA-7’s weekend primetime newscast 24 Oras Weekend (Best News Program) for its Yolanda Coverage and family sitcom Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento (Best Comedy Program); GMA News TV’s original series on education Titser (Best Drama Series/Program) and pioneering documentary program Reel Time (Best Public Service Program); and GMA News’ comprehensive coverage of the first-ever joint papal canonization St. John Paul II: We Love You (Best Special Event Coverage).


Receiving special citations for television, meanwhile, were GMA-7’s multi-awarded documentary program I-Witness, the Philippines’ first and only nature and wildlife series Born To Be Wild (Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program), and the youth-oriented programs Tropang Potchi and Binoy Henyo (Best Children and Youth Program). Also cited were GMA News TV’s highly-acclaimed flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (Best News Program) and weekly news magazine program Brigada (Best News Magazine); GMA News’ Bantay Kaban ng Bayan, which traced the anatomy of the pork barrel scam (Best TV Special); and GMA Cebu’s Visita Iglesia (Best Religious Program).


As an affirmation of their commitment to Serbisyong Totoo, GMA’s flagship AM radio station Super Radyo DZBB also took home awards for the radio programs Imbestigador sa DZBB (Best Public Service Program) and Bangon Na Bayan (Best News Commentary).


Furthermore, GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc., the Network’s sales and marketing arm, bested entries from other creative agencies by gaining the top prize for KFC’s “Munting Sakripisyo” (Best TV Ad – Branded) while So Lucky’s “Kahati ng Kahapon” received a special citation in the same category. Both winners were among GMA’s Christmas short films for 2013 and were created in partnership with KFC and Columbia International Food Products, Inc., respectively.


Also recognized in the Music Category was “Pagbangon” (Best Secular Song) – an initiative of GMA News, produced by the Program Support Department, written by Joseph Saguid, composed by Edward Mitra, and sung by Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose. “Pagbangon” tells of the resilience of the Filipino people and reminds everyone to help his fellowmen in times of crisis.


Since 1978, the prestigious Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) has been giving out recognition to students, professionals, and organizations that made use of mass communication in promoting Christian values among Filipinos.

GMA News TV International

GMA News TV International

GMA News TV’s Brigada won the One World Award in the US International Film & Video Festival in addition to its Gold Camera Award finish at the same Festival.  Brigada’s winning entry was entitled “Gintong Krudo” (Black Gold), a documentary to raise awareness for the estimated 5.5 million Filipino children considered child laborers. This is the first time the prestigious One World Award has been given to a Philippine TV network.


The One World Award was established more than 25 years ago by the International Quorum of Motion Pictures Producers to honor a work that fosters international understanding.  USIFVF medalists and certificate holders are all in the running for the One World Award, one of the grand prizes given at the Festival.




Brigada’s One World Award winning documentary tells the story of 12-year old Bisaya, who goes out to sea every morning with his friends, 11-year old Christian and 13-year old Ruben, to salvage crude oil dumped on the water by ships. When they find patches of oil spill, they dive in and collect the oil with a sponge, risking their health for about a dollar per pail of oil.  Micaela Papa, who reported the story, went as far as joining the children in the murky water to collect crude oil.  Brigada is hosted by Jessica Soho, with Lee Joseph Castel as Program Manager and Harvey Bayona as Executive Producer.


Brigada was one of eight winning works for GMA Network at the US International Film and Video Festival – which included a Gold Award for Wagas, Silver Awards for State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, two episodes of Reel Time, Reporter’s Notebook and Front Row and a certificate for creative excellence for Picture Picture.


Brigada Gintong Krudo Episode

Brigada Gintong Krudo Episode

Brigada’s Gintong Krudo segment also won a Silver World Medal in the 2014 New York Festivals, and was a Finalist in the 2013 Japan Prize.

Kapuso viewers around the world may catch Brigada, bannered by multi-awarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho, only on GMA News TV International.

Adding to its recent string of victories in international competitions, GMA Network gained eight recognitions in the 2014 US International Film and Video Festival (USIFVF) based in Los Angeles, California.

GMA’s latest win consists of two Gold Camera and five Silver Screen awards for its News and Public Affairs shows, and a Certificate of Creative Excellence for one of its Entertainment programs.

Taking home golds (first place) are GMA News TV shows in the Documentary production category, namely Wagas: Mga Kuwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig, for Docudrama programs; and Brigada, for Social Issues programs.

Wagas has also been included in the shortlist of documentaries nominated for the Best of Festival (Grand Prix) Award, reserved only for the most outstanding Gold Camera recipients. Winners will be announced on June 16.

Sid Lucero and Gwen Zamora in Wagas: Mga Kwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig Episode Cerebral Palsy

Sid Lucero and Gwen Zamora in Wagas: Mga Kwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig Episode Cerebral Palsy

The show’s entry was its “Cerebral Palsy” episode, which featured the inspiring love story of an ailing Ron Saniposo (played by Sid Lucero) and his wife Grace (portrayed by GMA Artist Center talent Gwen Zamora).

Brigada’s “Gintong Krudo” episode, meanwhile, exposed the hazards faced by impoverished children at the Navotas Fish Port, who swim in filthy waters to collect spilled crude oil.

The same episode also won the Silver World Medal in the 2014 New York Festival, where GMA bagged one gold, two more silvers, and three bronze world medals.

More honors

State of the Nation Host Jessica Soho

State of the Nation Host Jessica Soho

Earning one of five Silver Screen awards (second place) for the network was GMA News TV’s primetime newscast, State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, in the TV News category for Continuing News Stories.

The newscast was cited for its coverage of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan) last November. It was also part of GMA News and Public Affairs’ gold medal triumph at the George Foster Peabody Awards, considered the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for electronic media.

This is the third consecutive year that State of the Nation was recognized by the USIFVF. Last year, it won the Silver Screen Award for “The Wrath of the Monsoon,” its coverage of the disastrous habagat rains that swamped Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

In 2012, State of the Nation received a Certificate for Creative Excellence (third place) for its episode on the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong (international code name: Washi).

Silver streak

Reporter's Notebook Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad

Reporter’s Notebook Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad

For its part, Reporter’s Notebook earned a Silver Screen Award in the Documentary Programs: Current Affairs category for its “Bakas ng Trahedya” episode. Anchored by Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad, the episode shed light on the plight of Yolanda survivors and the government’s response in the wake of the tragedy.

Reality documentary program Reel Time won two silvers for “Silang Wala sa Mapa” in the Documentary Programs: Health, Medical category, and “Dungkoy” in the Documentary Programs: Biography category.

“Silang Wala sa Mapa” showed how the B’laan indigenous people of Mindanao survived for generations without modern medicine. It was also a Silver World Medal recipient in the 2014 New York Festival.

“Dungkoy,” on the other hand, told the story of a nine-year-old boy who takes care of his paralyzed grandmother. Both characters share similar fates of being forsaken by their own families.

GMA-7’s Front Row received a Silver Screen Award in the Documentary Programs: Social Issues category. Its winning episode, “Ulilang Lubos,” featured the plight of abandoned children who are forced to fend for themselves.

Picture! Picture! Host Ryan Agoncillo

Picture! Picture! Host Ryan Agoncillo

Finally, family-oriented quiz show Picture! Picture! earned a Certificate for Creative Excellence for the Entertainment Program & Specials: Game Show category. Hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, Picture! Picture is an original creation of the GMA Entertainment TV group.

Founded in 1967, the US International Film and Video Festival recognizes outstanding corporate, education, entertainment, documentary, and student productions.

Filipinos abroad may catch Reporter’s Notebook, Wagas and Picture! Picture! on GMA Pinoy TV, while Front Row, Reel Time, State of the Nation, and Brigada airs internationally on GMA News TV International. For more details, visit

Filipinos abroad can now have access not only to national newscasts but also news programs from the different regions as GMA News TV International – the international news channel of GMA Network – strengthens its commitment of bringing the latest, most credible and most comprehensive news from home.   Complementing the channel’s flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, which recently won a Silver Screen Award from the esteemed US International Film and Video Festival, Balitang Amianan of GMA North Central Luzon, Balitang Bisdak of GMA Central Visayas, and Testigo of GMA Southern Mindanao are now part of GMA News TV International’s interesting line-up of programs.   According to GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, these programs are meant “to provide Filipinos overseas, specifically those who come from the provinces, a stronger and deeper connection with what’s happening back home.”   News from Northern Luzon will be broadcasted straight from Dagupan to different parts of the world via Balitang Amianan. Trademarked in GMA News and Public Affairs’ fair and responsible reportage, Balitang Amianan is anchored by veteran journalist and former radio commentator Jorge Guerrero. Guerrero is backed by the program’s pool of correspondents as they strive to meet the viewers’ need for truthful and credible news from the region.   Meanwhile, Cebuanos living outside the Philippines may now watch the latest local news from the Visayas Region via Balitang Bisdak. Anchored by popular tri-media personality Bobby “Super Bob” Nalzaro and co-anchored by women/children’s right and media advocate Atty. Rose Versoza, Balitang Bisdak covers both national and local issues relevant not only to Cebuanos, but also neighboring provinces such as Bohol and some parts of Negros Oriental and Eastern Visayas.   Last but certainly not least, Testigo Davao brings to worldwide viewers the freshest and most relevant news from Davao City and other key areas in Southern Mindanao. Anchored by former national correspondent Tek Ocampo together with hard-hitting commentator Jun Digamon, the program aims to empower its audience by delivering relevant information on the latest news, hottest social issues and human interest stories.   Balitang Amianan, Balitang Bisdak, and Testigo are now available via GMA News TV International in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Canada. To get the complete programming schedule, visit or Facebook page Call your preferred pay TV operator to subscribe.